The Stars Align – Breaking Games – Review

Theme and What is it?

Abstracts are abstract.

To come extent all games have their abstractness, and some embrace it. The Stars Align embraces its abstractness. 

Here you are building your star paths to build a straight line of your color of star across the board. The logic is simple, the strategy, is quite a bit more complex.

Gameplay Mechanics

At dusk, you will take a card, and follow its pattern to lay out your stars, careful not to overlap any previously laid star. If you can build a solid line, you get one shooting star.

When you can no longer play a card, you will now overlap stars, by flipping those in your pattern. You may flip no more than 3 of your opponents stars at any given time.  Once you have claimed 5 shooting stars, you win, and all your wishes come true.

Initial Impressions

I was initially handed a bag. A bag. Dude, really?

I smiled and nodded and walked away slowly. No, not really, I did not smile. I was a bit confused. I thought the box was missing. I thought perhaps Breaking Games left the box in China, to be delivered at a later date. Breaking Games, was breaking my head…

Game Build Quality

I was under impressed with the box. The reason for this is simple, there is no box. This is a bag game, which will infuriate some gamers. For me, I love it.

Once I realized what the game is, and how it plays, it is a perfect compliment to any  automobile, so you can play while waiting for your meal at your favorite place to eat. We all know the wait there, is atrocious. Why not play a game, in a bag? 

I really like the bag is more than a gimmick, it is part of the actual game. The wood stars are simple and pretty. The cards allow some light, which means the card is likely blue core, as the quality is pretty decent, but not opaque like black core.

Artistic Direction

A star field, is not rocket science. The game is fairly simple, as is the art. With that being said, it looks pretty, takes solid pictures, and is enjoyable to look at with my star struck eyes.

The cards are what appear to be a father and his daughter looking up at the night sky. I am sure my daughter will love this.

Fun Factor

I am a huge fan of abstract games. Portability makes them even better. I can imagine, that should I be able to get lots of playtime out of this game. 

It will be one of the few games that travel with me to conventions. Most conventions games only come home.

Age Range & Weight

6+. 100% absolutely, without a doubt agree. If your 6+ has a little patience. All you need, Little patience, mm yeah, mm yeah
Need a little patience, yeah
Just a little patience, yeah

Conclusions

Some games are good. Some deserve to be played. Some deserve to be put on the shelf, and kept in your collection for easy access. And some, get put in that little opening in your car door for stuff. This is the latter. 

This game will be played, and stay in my collection, and will make it to the car door in the perma-collection. It is almost as if, the Stars Aligned…